Christopsy (137) - SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drank and noted on 3 December 2012. Absolutely out of this world. A real big boy beer, full of honey and raspberries with small whiskey notes...
Theydon_Bois (16615) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2014 Bottle at the pre Bamberg tune up in the Sham, big thanks to Kenny #2303/5754, 23/01/14.
Pitch black with a moderate tan covering that dissipates to a swirl.
Nose is big roast malt, dark chocolate, smoke, spice, dark fruit twang, whisky notes.
Taste comprises subtle BA whisky, dark chocolate, molasses, boozey leanings.
Full bodied, fine carbonation with a booze laced closure.
Nice stuff, holding up well, booze well integrated for 17% !
madmitch76 (21715) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
23rd January 2014
Pre Bamberg bash tasting at Colin’s house with Mr Bois and James. Almost opaque dark brown beer, little tan head. Palate is smooth and a little dry. Mild minerally carbonation. Dark chocolate malt with lightly tangy dark fruits. Spicy fruity whisky. The dark choc turns tangy before a semi dry finish.
ansalon (2844) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with no head. Aroma is dark dried fruit, muscovado sugar, figs, dates, sherry. Taste is muscovado sugar, honey, figs, dates, caramel, vanilla, whisky. Very smooth and drinkable, despite the abv.
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zacgillbanks (4375) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Trembling Madness, Stonegate, York. This inky black beer has red ruby highlights and pours without any sort of head. It has an initial blackberry, raspberry and red-fruity flavour with spicy warming liquorice, tartness, vanilla and leather notes and an extremely powerful alcoholic fruity finish. Very good, but a bit too strong in the alcohol department for my liking.
jookos (5368) - FINLAND - SEP 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #1802. Black. Dark fruity, rubbery burnt ashy nose. Quite intensive, but not as salty licorice- like as many hefty RISes. Thick bodied, but not unpalatable. Rather smooth actually without being overly sweet, even if there’s virtually no carbonation. Oak, alcohol, smoke, some tar, and dark, dark, berries flavour-wise. Ok, but not mind shattering. Long finish, but easily forgot.
tmrmwel (1715) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, # 4677. Pours a dark translucent red with a small creamy mocha coloured head. Aroma is dark roasted malts, prunes, raisins and dark fruits, as well as spicy whiffs of alcohol and oak. Full creamy body with no carbonation at all. Flavour is sweet with burned malts, kandi, molasses and pepper, as well as fitting notes of oaky alcohol, liquorice, prunes and figs. Massive and quite burned finish.
Countbeer (5996) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Many thanks to Madmitch: Served in a Chouffe glass: BottleNo#1434/5754:
Small lively brown head-lacing-gone... A completely black colored beer.
The aroma is quite withheld, there’s some vinous tones, some red fruit, port, liquorice, tar, liquor, alcohol and oatmeal.
Flavours of port, roast, spicy, bitters, tar, liquorice, warmth, some red fruit, wood, spices, hay, hint of raisin, liquor, barley malt roast, brown sugars and peppers.
Aftertaste is a mix of spices, roast, oatmeal, barley malt roast, some liquor, raisin, hay and some liquorice... Complex...
Low carbo, soft creamy yet spicy mouthfeel, full body and a texture between watery and creamy closer to creamy and close to a bit oily...
Very strange, complex, but good beer... Somewhat reminds me a bit of the Mikkeller Black beer. Though it’s a while ago...
ClubGonzo (5399) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. My toast for the International Beer Day (which I though was today but turned out to be last Friday... :-P) goes in this one, chin chin beer nerds world wide! ;-) Pours a pitch black body with a somewhat too-rapidly-disappearing miniscule beige head, making the beer look flat within seconds. Weird. Nose is sweet, rich chocolate and cocoa tones, honey, dark malts, nuts, licorice and hints of leather, whisky and wood. Taste is stinging alcohol right off the bat, with loads of dark chocolate and cocoa bursting the palate seconds later. When the initial assault fades in intensity, I get salty licorice, charcoal, whisky and hints of burnt toast and charred caramel. Warming alcohol and leather in the aftertaste. Full body, medium to high carbonation which should have been reduced a bit IMO. Pretty harsh and feisty stuff, I think this one is over the top and would have been more enjoyable at 12-14 or maybe 15 % - alcohol levels at which one most certainly would have been able to appreciate the ingredients more. Or maybe in 5-10 years or so. :-P
jonnyguns (1105) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a black/very dark ruby with a very small dark coloured head. Aromas of heavy dark chocolate, slight tartness from the berries, some sweetness and the whiskey lingers in your nose. Smells a little bit like an alcoholic redskin! Taste more focuses on the sweetness from the honey than the berries and lingers on your palate. Pretty good actually.